Who's who: Mary Lena Faulk

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Who's who: Mary Lena Faulk

  • Name:

    Mary Lena Faulk
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1926-1995]. Born on April 15, 1926 in Chipley, Florida. Died on Aug 3, 1995 in Delray Beach, Florida (aged 69).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer and golf intructor.
  • Turned Pro:

    1955

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): Western Open (1961). Total LPGA Tour wins (10).

Did you know?

Former LPGA Tour player, who retired from the Tour in 1965.

Top tournaments won by Mary Lena Faulk

1964
America
Sunset G&CC, FL
289 (+5)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Sunset G&CC, FL

Score

289 (+5)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Petersburg Women's Open. Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) and Clifford Ann Creed (USA) finished 3 shots behind Faulk (USA), who recorded the last of her 10 LPGA Tour wins. [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].

1962
America
289
$1,350
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

289

Prize money

$1,350

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Visalia Ladies Open. Kathy Whitworth finished in second place behind Faulk.

1962
America
217
$1,100
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

217

Prize money

$1,100

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Peach Blossom Open. Shirley Englehorn finished in second place behind Faulk.

1961
Majors
Belle Meade CC
290 (-10)
$1,313
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Belle Meade CC

Score

290 (-10)

Prize money

$1,313

Title sponsor

x

The Women's Western Open (32nd). Second-placed Betsy Rawls (USA) finished 6 shots behind Faulk (USA). [Belle Meade CC, Nashville, TN].

1961
America
211
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

211

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Babe Zaharias Open. Louise Suggs finished in second place behind Faulk.

1961
America
214
$1,247
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

214

Prize money

$1,247

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Eastern Open.

1961
America
365
$1,100
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

365

Prize money

$1,100

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Triangle Round Robin.

1958
America
216
$988
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

216

Prize money

$988

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Macktown Open. Joyce Ziske and Marlene Hagge finished in second place behind Faulk.

1958
America
290
$1,520
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

290

Prize money

$1,520

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Homestead Four-Ball. Winning team : Betty Jameson & Mary Lena Faulk. Second-placed team : Ruth Jessen & Wiffi Smith.

1957
America
Sunset G&CC, FL
279 (-17)
$880
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Sunset G&CC, FL

Score

279 (-17)

Prize money

$880

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Petersburg Open. Second-placed Louise Suggs (USA) finished 3 shots behind Faulk (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Sunset G&CC, St Petersburg, Florida; now called Vinoy GC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

214

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Kansas City Open. Betsy Rawls finished in second place behind Faulk.

1955
America
280
$725 each
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Score

280

Prize money

$725 each

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Virginia Hot Springs Four-Ball. Winning Team : Betty Jameson & Mary Lena Faulk. Second-placed team : Beverly Hanson & Mickey Wright finished 3 shots back.

1953
Amateur
Rhode Island CC
3 & 2
n/a
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Faulk, Mary Lena

Venue

Rhode Island CC

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (53rd). Faulk (USA) beat Polly Riley (USA) 3 and 2 in the final. [Rhode Island CC, Barrington, RI].

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